14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

3 Doors Down veer from late 20th century post-grunge toward alt-metal based radio rock. The first single "It's Not My Time" starts off sounding like '80s Queensryche before the singing comes in, throwing melodiously barbed hooks. Singer Brad Arnold inflects like Eddie Vedder on "Let Me Be Myself.” "Your Arms Feel Like Home" is so pretty it could easily be stripped down to approximate a Keith Urban-esque country hit.

EDITORS’ NOTES

3 Doors Down veer from late 20th century post-grunge toward alt-metal based radio rock. The first single "It's Not My Time" starts off sounding like '80s Queensryche before the singing comes in, throwing melodiously barbed hooks. Singer Brad Arnold inflects like Eddie Vedder on "Let Me Be Myself.” "Your Arms Feel Like Home" is so pretty it could easily be stripped down to approximate a Keith Urban-esque country hit.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.1K Ratings
1.1K Ratings
DSM112 ,

Inspiration and optimism highlights 3 Doors Down's latest effort

Mississippi post-grunge rockers 3 Doors Down strike back after a three-year absence with their much-anticipated self-titled release. Lead singer Brad Arnold grabs listeners by the throat with his distinct vocals and does not let go until the album’s last note.

The band kicks off the disc with a high-powered rock ‘n smash track in “Train.” The instrumentation fit’s the lyrics perfectly, as the hard sound and guitar interludes blitz and bombard the listener. 3DD also delivers a knockout rock punch on “Give It to Me,” which reflects an uncharacteristic cockiness and aggressive attitude.

“Let Me Be Myself” features a bass line that is similar to “It’s Not My Time,” but the mid-tempo song is lifted by inspirational lyrics and a string accompaniment. The reserved nature of “Myself” puts it on a pedestal above some of the other songs on the album and echoes aspects of Creed circa 2000.

Another mid-tempo track that 3DD comes alive on is “It’s The Only One You’ve Got,” on which Arnold shows more range than possibly anywhere else on the disc. The lyrics also strike a chord with the listener (“Your mistakes do not define you now, they tell you who you’re not / You‘ve got to live this life you’re given like it‘s the only one you‘ve got”). “Got” is also one of the catchier tunes the band delivers here, and is probably its strongest one as well.

Probably the most radio-friendly track on the album is lead single “It’s Not My Time,” which is comparable to the band’s material from earlier projects. It brings a rock edge while maintaining a commercial outer casing that appeals to pop and rock audiences alike. Aside from the mid-tempo tracks, “These Days” seems like it has potential to be considered as a single, as the its hook is one of the strongest on the CD.

Another high point on the disc is the high energy “Runaway,” as the carefree lyrics mesh surprisingly well with the made-for-radio hook and guitar line.

On “Pages,” 3DD tries to do its signature “calm verse, agitated chorus” formula, but it does not go anywhere until the bridge, where the track picks up steam and is able to power through the final chorus. The song still is one of the bumpier portions of the disc.

3DD comes up with a gigantic sappfest on “Your Arms Feel Like Home,” which sounds like part two of “Here Without You,” but it does not reach near the heights of the aforementioned hit. “When It’s Over,” on the other hand, features bland lyrics and an unexciting melody.

3DD gives props to America’s military personnel in “Citizen Soldier,” which is an anthem of respect for those who risk their lives to protect us, and that sentiment is featured in the song’s lyrics (“Standing on guard for the ones that we've sheltered / We'll always be ready because we will always be there”). “Soldier” lacks a core hook, but gets by on its message.

The band closes out its album with “She Don’t Want the World,” a ballad that tells the story of a girl in pain that struggles with living her life in its current state. The haunting instrumentation gives the song a ghostly feeling and is an odd note to end on, leaving the listener with a feeling of emptiness.

But the high points vastly outnumber the low points on ‘3 Doors Down,’ as the band puts worth some of its best material yet. 3 Doors Down is let off the hook for such a long absence, during which the airwaves were allowed to be filled with too much Nickelback and Daughtry, due to the quality of work found on this album.

M.Matthews ,

Begins with a bang!

I was geniunely surprised as to how hard this cd came out. TRain is one of their edgier songs (which may not necessarilly mean much comparitively), but all in all it is another great album by 3 doors down. I see many new potentially Kryptonite rock songs, but there is definitely a large amount of "Here Without You" ballads on here, my favorite probably being Let Me Be Myself. Overall, a great summer album to have in the background of every gloriously summer day. Check yes if you agree!

DGB-MS ,

Simply Amazing!

This album blew me away. It is over flowing with emotion. It is similar to their previous albums but at the same time something sounds different and better.

Train - 3 Stars
Citizen/Soldier - 4 Stars
It's Not My Time - 5 Stars
Let Me Be Myself - 5 Stars Best song on the album.
Pages - 4 Stars
It's the Only One You Got - 4 Stars
Give It to Me - 4 Stars Different sound but its a good thing.
These Days - 4 Stars
Your Arms Feel Like Home - 5 Stars
Runaway - 4 Stars
When It's Over - 3 Stars
She Don't Want the World - 3 Stars

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